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Dance troupe needs help

 | November 23, 2012

A local dance group wants to show Malaysian culture in Turkey but is stopped by the lack of money.


PETALING JAYA: A group of dancers is trying to take a slice of Malaysia to the world stage, and show a taste of local culture at an international festival in Turkey next year.

Though prepared in every step of the way, the only thing stopping the teenage-heavy group from going to the International (Cocuk Festivali) Children’s Festival is money.

Speaking on behalf of the Performing Arts of Todern, producer Lorna Hoong told FMT that despite the best of intentions, getting money to promote Malaysian culture was hard.

“We’re giving Malaysia a chance to be showcased on the international stage, but we need sponsors to help us out,” Hoong said.

Hoong said that the production needed at least RM60,000 of funds which would cover expenses such as venue and equipment rentals, accommodation, travel and other administrative costs.

Donations and sponsorships, she added, would be considered as tax-deductible.

She said that the contingent would feature a cadre of secondary school students from the Yuk Hua Secondary High School, Kajang and Malaysian National Arts Academy (Aswara) dancers.

The team will be coached by local Chinese classical choreographer Wong Kit Yaw.

Performing as volunteers, the group intends to display a series of Malay traditional, Chinese creative and contemporary dance sequences at the Penang Peforming Arts Centre (penangPAC) on the March 30 and 31, 2013 before moving on to Turkey in April.

This year, Malaysia was represented at the very same festival by the Penang Chinese Girl’s School Dance Group, participating with other countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia and Bulgaria.

For more information, contact Hoong at  012-376-6005  or Azrin Izmee at  019-270-0866 , or email at [email protected] and [email protected].


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